Spring 2020  


The Patients and Families Influencing the Future of Telehealth

Medical Education Patient and Family Advisory Council Perspective - Council Member - Lauren Cotter
This quarter’s perspective is from Lauren Cotter, a longtime patient, and advocate at Stanford Health Care. She is the current Chair of the Stanford Neurosciences Patient & Family Advisory Council (PFAC), a Member of the Medical Education PFAC, and has partnered with medical students in the Walk with Me program for the past 3 years.
Read Lauren's Perspective
Stanford Student Community Outreach and Physician Support (Stanford Student CORPS) - Medical Student Perspective – Lydia Tin-Wei Tam

Students and faculty incorporate patient perspectives into a new team-based telehealth course that connects students with patients who could use additional support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read Lydia's Perspective
Images of Community
Patients, Caregivers, Students, Faculty, and Staff continued to come together and maintain community during spring quarter sessions of the Walk with Me course. These images are from virtual classroom sessions conducted with Patient & Family Partners in April and May.
The discussion topic in April was "Difficult Conversations" which seemed ironic as all student/patient pairs came together online as a group for the first time. We learned that conversations can be just as rich and meaningful in large and small group settings online as in person, and we were encouraged by the level of engagement of all participants. 
In the Media
Future doctors realize the Power of Empathy through early patient connections - Article and video
This article highlights the experience of two participants in the Walk with Me course, retired programmer Michael Furze and medical student Tara Murty, who bonded over musings about their lives, illness, and finding hope in healing. (article published in Stanford Medicine Magazine on April 7, 2020)
Read the full article
Volunteer Opportunities
Participate in a focus group on the patient and caregiver perspective of what future physicians should know about providing care via video visits
A new clinical clerkship (course) is being developed to train future physicians on caring for patients and their families through video visits. The faculty are seeking 5-10 patient & family partners who have recent experience connecting with their health care team via video visits, and are interested in sharing their perspectives during a 1-hour focus group session on Tuesday, June 9th, 2 PM – 3 PM.
Volunteer here
Interested in joining the Med Ed PFAC?
The Medical Education Patient and Family Advisory Council partners with the Stanford School of Medicine to incorporate the patient experience into the education of future clinicians. The Council is recruiting for up to 5 new members and is accepting interest inquires through the end of June. 
Inquire here
The Patient & Family Engaged Medical Education quarterly newsletter highlights the contributions and perspectives of our patient & family partners, our students and trainees, faculty, and staff in the area of patient and family engagement in medical education. It also features information about upcoming events, accomplishments, and news. Email us at patientsandfamilites@stanford.edu if you have an idea for a future topic.
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